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ISBN13: 9780374336851
ISBN10: 0374336857
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Publisher Comments:

What does this monster have under his bed?

Bobo is a young monster who's afraid to sleep in his own bed. He is sure there is a boy hiding beneath it — a boy with "pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns should be." Bobo's older brother thinks he's a fraidy-cat, but his grandpa, Boo-Dad, knows all about these fearful creatures. And Boo-Dad knows exactly what to do to scare them away. But after being afraid for so long, Bobo might just want to take matters into his own paws and find out if the creature under his bed really is as bad as he thinks.

This rambunctious story of a youngster overcoming anxiety and limitations is set in a captivating otherworld that springs to life in pictures full of enchantment and surprise.

Review:

"This disarming monster-under-the-bed story upholds the tradition of tales such as Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet but reverses the roles. Bobo is a nervous monster child with a monkeylike body, round snout and yellow horns. 'I'm not fooling you: there's a boy who hides in my big old monster closet,' he insists. Bobo shudders to think of the boy's 'pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns by right should be.' He confides his fears to his grandfather, Boo-Dad, while they eat 'homemade bread with jitterbug jam.' In return, Boo-Dad tells a story (pictured in a gauzy, nostalgic garden sequence that alludes to Rackham and Tenniel) about his terrifying childhood encounter with a girl and advises Bobo on dealing with humans. In the inevitable confrontation, Bobo finds that he and the boy have much in common, such as bossy older brothers. Hicks, making his debut, tells the tale from Bobo's quaint viewpoint. 'I'm no fraidy-cat, neither,' Bobo protests, shivering at the boy's 'scritch-scratch-skittering' and running for cover 'quick as lickety-split 'n' spit-fish.' Deacon (Beegu) pictures the hairless, beige-skinned monsters as not quite cute, not quite scary. The middle-distance perspective keeps them safely at arm's length and — except at the moment he bravely speaks to the boy — Bobo lowers his head and does not look readers in the eye. The colloquial voice and uncanny illustrations create a slightly surreal, dreamy ambience, and the reassuring conclusion respects Bobo's (or anyone's) fear of the unknown. Ages 3-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]his will have younger readers, timorous or otherwise, flocking to it 'quick as lickety-split 'n' spit-fish.'" Kirkus Reviews (Starred Reviews)

Review:

"First-time writer Hicks' folksy, slightly off-kilter language, full of fractured grammar and quirky aphorisms, keeps the sense of an exotic, alternate reality watertight." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"A fully realized world where everything is opposite expectations yet utterly familiar. With plenty of scope for the storyteller's vocal talent and with illustrations to savor, this is a book to fall into over and over again." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

What does this monster have under his bed?

Bobo is a young monster who's afraid to sleep in his own bed. He is sure there is a boy hiding beneath it - a boy with "pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns should be." Bobo's older brother thinks he's a fraidy-cat, but his grandpa, Boo-Dad, knows all about these fearful creatures. And Boo-Dad knows exactly what to do to scare them away. But after being afraid for so long, Bobo might just want to take matters into his own paws and find out if the creature under his bed really is as bad as he thinks.

This rambunctious story of a youngster overcoming anxiety and limitations is set in a captivating otherworld that springs to life in pictures full of enchantment and surprise.

About the Author

Barbara Jean Hicks lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is author-in-residence at an elementary school. This is her first book for children.

Alexis Deacon's previous book, Beegu, was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in London, England.

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jessica colby, October 17, 2006 (view all comments by jessica colby)
It's about time this one was recognized!
Alex Deacon is one of my favorite illustrators (check out his book "Slow Loris" esp), and the story by Barbara Jean Hicks always sends me into a southern accent well before I'm "hip-hopping into my jim-jams". I love the whole package.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374336851
ill.:
Deacon, Alexis,
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Illustrator:
Deacon, Alexis
Author:
Deacon, Alexis
Author:
Hicks, Barbara Jean
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Fear
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Bedtime
Subject:
Dreams
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 15
Publication Date:
20050311
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color pictures throughout
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.69 x 8.75 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 40 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - English 9780374336851 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This disarming monster-under-the-bed story upholds the tradition of tales such as Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet but reverses the roles. Bobo is a nervous monster child with a monkeylike body, round snout and yellow horns. 'I'm not fooling you: there's a boy who hides in my big old monster closet,' he insists. Bobo shudders to think of the boy's 'pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns by right should be.' He confides his fears to his grandfather, Boo-Dad, while they eat 'homemade bread with jitterbug jam.' In return, Boo-Dad tells a story (pictured in a gauzy, nostalgic garden sequence that alludes to Rackham and Tenniel) about his terrifying childhood encounter with a girl and advises Bobo on dealing with humans. In the inevitable confrontation, Bobo finds that he and the boy have much in common, such as bossy older brothers. Hicks, making his debut, tells the tale from Bobo's quaint viewpoint. 'I'm no fraidy-cat, neither,' Bobo protests, shivering at the boy's 'scritch-scratch-skittering' and running for cover 'quick as lickety-split 'n' spit-fish.' Deacon (Beegu) pictures the hairless, beige-skinned monsters as not quite cute, not quite scary. The middle-distance perspective keeps them safely at arm's length and — except at the moment he bravely speaks to the boy — Bobo lowers his head and does not look readers in the eye. The colloquial voice and uncanny illustrations create a slightly surreal, dreamy ambience, and the reassuring conclusion respects Bobo's (or anyone's) fear of the unknown. Ages 3-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]his will have younger readers, timorous or otherwise, flocking to it 'quick as lickety-split 'n' spit-fish.'"
"Review" by , "First-time writer Hicks' folksy, slightly off-kilter language, full of fractured grammar and quirky aphorisms, keeps the sense of an exotic, alternate reality watertight."
"Review" by , "A fully realized world where everything is opposite expectations yet utterly familiar. With plenty of scope for the storyteller's vocal talent and with illustrations to savor, this is a book to fall into over and over again."
"Synopsis" by ,
What does this monster have under his bed?

Bobo is a young monster who's afraid to sleep in his own bed. He is sure there is a boy hiding beneath it - a boy with "pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns should be." Bobo's older brother thinks he's a fraidy-cat, but his grandpa, Boo-Dad, knows all about these fearful creatures. And Boo-Dad knows exactly what to do to scare them away. But after being afraid for so long, Bobo might just want to take matters into his own paws and find out if the creature under his bed really is as bad as he thinks.

This rambunctious story of a youngster overcoming anxiety and limitations is set in a captivating otherworld that springs to life in pictures full of enchantment and surprise.

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